Backup plan could be Spiral Stakes
Balance the Books, who was scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in Sunday’s Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream, will not make the race because of a fever.
“I was going to run Balance the Books, but he got a temperature about a week ago. It’s really disappointing, because he’s the one I wanted to run there,” trainer Chad Brown said. “He’s OK. I just went back to the track with him, but he did lose a couple of days because of the temperature.”
Brown said a new plan for the son of Lemon Drop Kid, who was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, is being developed.
“I might have to go to Plan B and run him in the Spiral at Turfway (March 23) and then wheel him back in the Blue Grass,” Brown said. “It wasn’t my ideal plan, but you have to make adjustments with horses.”
“He’s always struck me as a grass horse, or a synthetic horse, but there might come a day where we might try him on the dirt,” he said.
Brown added Noble Tune, who is nominated to the Palm Beach, might also skip the race due to the timing and distance.
“He’s never been a mile and an eighth before,” he said. “I’m certainly not going to do it off a layoff, not with that particular horse. Balance the Books is better equipped to do run a mile and an eighth, even off a layoff. He’s a more long-winded horse. With Noble Tune, his first race back, I want to start him off at a slightly shorter distance if I can. I’m not positive what race that’s going to be yet.”